The word 'Art' is most commonly associated with pieces of work in a gallery or museum, whether it’s a painting from the Renaissance or a modern sculpture. However, there is so much more to art than what you see displayed in galleries.

The truth is, without being aware of it, we are surrounded by art and use it on a continual basis. Most people don’t realize how much of a role art plays in our lives and just how much we rely on art in all of its forms in our everyday lives.

The Joy of Art

You may be wondering why all of these things are so important to our daily lives and that you could probably survive just fine with essential items that were non-artistic. That is just the reason why art is so valuable! While art may not be vital to fulfill our basic needs, it does make life joyful. When you look at a painting or poster you’ve chosen to hang on your living room wall, you feel happy. The sculpture or figurines on the kitchen windowsill create a sense of joy. These varieties of art forms that we are surrounded by all come together to create the atmosphere that we want to live in.

Art and Music

The importance of art in our daily lives is very similar to that of music. Just like art, music can make life extremely joyful and can have a huge effect on our mood. In the workplace in particular, music is something that can help people set the mood for what they are about to do. If you have something hard or difficult to work on or are feeling tired, an energetic song will likely wake you up and add some enthusiasm to the situation. Similarly, when stress is high, many people find that relaxing to calming music is something that eases the mind.

Inspirational Art

Inspirational art, such as posters are often found in work spaces to encourage employees to continue being productive. There is now an increasing amount of companies using art in their offices, as well as playing background music, as it is proven to actually work in making end results far better quality. There may be a piece of art that you own that you personally find motivational. Perhaps a print with a positive affirmation or quote beautifully scrolled on it or a painting of a picturesque scene of where you aim to travel to one day.

SOME REASONS WHY ORIGINAL ART IN THE HOME IS AS IMPORTANT AS A BED

1. Creates Mood
2. Adds Personal Character to the Home
3. Makes Memories
4. Provides a Colour Palette
5. Makes a Room Feel Finished
6. Inspires and Fosters Creativity
7. Conversation Starter
8. Supports Artists
9. It is an Investment
10. Creates a Livable Environment
11. Keeps the Brain Active
12. Relaxation
13. Curating Your Own Gallery is Fun!

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The Importance of Art at Home

People discuss my art and pretend to understand as it if it were necessary to understand, when it's simply necessary to love ~ Claude Monet

I’ll never forget a painting that my aunt once had. It took prime position, centre stage above the sofa in her living room. It was an oil painting flanked by a large ornate brass frame.

The scene within the painting depicted a magical landscape; a dainty pathway winding through a luscious forest led to a sparkling lake highlighted by warm rays of sunlight setting over misty snow-capped mountains in the distance. I used to become mesmerised by that painting.

I would sit and stare into it until I could see myself wandering through the woods down to the lake’s edge. It was bliss, pure escapism and absolute treat for the imagination.

Since first admiring this painting at the tender age of 8, that image has become ingrained into my mind, and still to this day it is crystal clear. I have encountered thousands of artworks from abstracts, to still life’s, to portraits, to 3-dimensional works such as Damian Hirst’s ‘Shark’ which have all been exceptionally impressive but not one of them has had the same profound effect, or lasting...


The Importance of Art at Home

People discuss my art and pretend to understand as it if it were necessary to understand, when it's simply necessary to love ~ Claude Monet

I’ll never forget a painting that my aunt once had. It took prime position, centre stage above the sofa in her living room. It was an oil painting flanked by a large ornate brass frame.

The scene within the painting depicted a magical landscape; a dainty pathway winding through a luscious forest led to a sparkling lake highlighted by warm rays of sunlight setting over misty snow-capped mountains in the distance. I used to become mesmerised by that painting.

I would sit and stare into it until I could see myself wandering through the woods down to the lake’s edge. It was bliss, pure escapism and absolute treat for the imagination.

Since first admiring this painting at the tender age of 8, that image has become ingrained into my mind, and still to this day it is crystal clear. I have encountered thousands of artworks from abstracts, to still life’s, to portraits, to 3-dimensional works such as Damian Hirst’s ‘Shark’ which have all been exceptionally impressive but not one of them has had the same profound effect, or lasting impression on me as the one my aunt held so dear.

It’s this feeling of wonder brought about by an artwork which is the very reason that every individual should have art in their lives, and no home should be without it. Having previously worked as an art consultant for 5 star hotels has taught me that art should help to create a sense of place, it should evoke an emotion and be admired and appreciated by those who encounter it.

Too often artwork is considered at the end of a project, once all the finishes and furnishing have been accounted for one then tends to turn to art, almost as an after thought.

It’s so important to consider art from the onset of a project. Design and art go hand-in-hand and in some instances the art can be the starting point for the rest of an interior design scheme. ~ Sarah | Interior Designer

The Importance of Artwork in the Home

The beauty of selecting artwork for your home is that there are not hard and fast rules. Sure there are some factor’s to consider (which we will review shortly), however, at the end of the day an artwork should speak to you. Art should express one's personal style and identity but above all it should bring a sense of happiness, excitement, inspiration and delight.

Art brings beauty and sophistication to our surroundings and helps to define a space. Without it your home can be missing a very important piece of the puzzle and choosing the right type of art can make all the difference to an interior. ~ Sarah | Interior Designer

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Before purchasing any artworks, ask yourself the following questions:

• Does the piece resonate with you?

• Does the artwork have presence and make a statement?

• Will the artwork complement and enhance the home and not distract or compete with the rest of the interior?

• Will the colours work back with the interior finishes and furnishings or will they clash?

• Does the scale of the piece suits the proportions of the room you wish to place it in?

• Does the cost meet your budget?

Try not to become overwhelmed when choosing art, yes there are literally hundreds of options, but just remember that art is a personal choice. Take your time, learn what you like, then consider it in your space and most importantly enjoy the process! Before you know it you will have found the right piece that fits your home perfectly, that you can get lost in too!

Below are a few of our favourite artworks to help you get started on your search fot the perfect artwork.

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Artwork Prints

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Paintings

Feeling inspired? View more stunning artworks here: Artworks

Want to learn more about the world of art? Read our Tips for Buying Art and How to Buy Art.

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How to Arrange Art

  • "People have a tendency to hang art too high," says Linda Crisolo, Art.com director of merchandising. "The center of the image should be at eye level." In living rooms, people are usually sitting, so artwork should be lower. A good way to ensure you're placing artwork at the right height is to hang it one hand width above the sofa.
  • A common problem when hanging artwork above a sofa or sideboard is that it's not in scale. Having pieces that are too small or too large will make the whole arrangement look strange. "Make sure artwork is at least two-thirds the size of the sofa or sideboard," Crisolo says. "For example, a 9-foot-long sofa should have a 6-foot-wide expanse of art above it."
  • In the bedroom, choose personal art, such as family photographs or your own photography. If you're arranging the pieces in groupings, Crisolo recommends sticking with one color theme, either all black-and-white or all color photographs.
  • "Above a mantel or fireplace is the perfect place to layer pieces," Crisolo says. "A house looks like a home when you can see layers of artwork and accessories."
  • In the kitchen, hang art in a place where it won't get damaged by water or heat. Consider placing art above an office space, near the dining table, or above open counter space. Crisolo also recommends avoiding kitchen art in the kitchen. "I tend to shy away from pictures of asparagus in the kitchen," she says. "Vintage art with traditional frames works in a traditional kitchen. In a modern kitchen, try bright colors with stainless-steel frames."
  • A symmetrical arrangement creates a striking and simple focal point. All-white frames and mats unify this grouping. "I like to use the same frames to create homogeny," says Crisolo.
  • When deciding where to hang images in your home, consider the wall space available and the arrangement of the room. "Use small pieces between windows and doors," Crisolo says. "If small items are in a space too large, the pieces look lost. With larger pieces, allow room for people to step back and admire the work."
  • Artwork collaborates with other accessories and decor to create a visual story. Make sure images, moldings, and shelves all work together. "Hang artwork in front of a bookcase, on the face of the shelf," Crisolo says. "The shelves and ledges become part of a decorating story."
  • Make sure your arrangement matches your decorating style. "Symmetrical arrangements are more traditional or formal. Asymmetrical is modern," Crisolo says. "Also look at the image and style of the frame. For cottage-style rooms, stick with vintage images or botanicals. In modern rooms, choose large and abstract pieces."

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